Dominican Republic: Outward Bound

As much as they would like to see the Dominican Republic's post-Trujillo government make way for democracy, U.S. policymakers feared that too abrupt a change could lead to a Castro-type takeover. They were reluctant to go along with demands by the anti-Trujillo opposition that the late dictator's heirs, led by his own son, Rafael Leonidas ("Ramfis") Trujillo Jr., be forced to give up the reins of government and clear out of the country. Last October U.S. planners thought that they had worked out a way to have democracy and Trujillos as well. Last week the plan suddenly went sour, and...

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